Another episode of the ABC-TV sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", this one also complete with original commercials for Eastman Kodak. In this episode, David wants to get a job as a law clerk, but a series of coincidences may result in him losing the job before he gets it. Although reasonably popular, the show rarely ranked in the Top 20 in the ratings, perhaps since ABC-TV was a minor network at the time.
Cast includes: Ozzie Nelson as Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson as Harriet Nelson, David Nelson as Dave Nelson, Ricky Nelson as Rick Nelson, Lyle Talbot as Joe Randolph, Francis De Sales as Ralph Dobson (as Francis DeSales), Maurice Manson as Charlie Warren, Ted Budny as Zeke, Norma DeHaan as Norma, Constance Harper as Receptionist, George Byrne as Waiter, James Stapleton as Law Student.
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In this episode (Aired October 21st, 1959) of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet we see the elder son, David Nelson, take the spotlight as he tries to get a competitive position as a law clerk at a top law firm. However a series of unfortunate coincidences, alongside his meddlesome family, appear to put this goal in jeopardy. David decides to draft a defence for himself to present at his interview, but luckily in an even more unlikely coincidence the lawyer with whom he was interviewing had gone through a similar series of events leading up to his own hiring as a clerk many years ago. Thanks to a stellar recommendation from his law school dean, David gets the job, and the family rejoices.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was a typical family sitcom. Formerly a radio show, it aired on ABC it aired for 14 years (1952 to 1966), mostly in black white, but for one year in colour. It featured the real life Nelson family (Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky) as a fictionalised version of themselves with a supporting character, their neighbour Don “Thorny” DeFore. Ozzie Nelson himself was the primary showrunner and writer for the series. They had two alternate sponsors for the show: Kodak and Quaker Oats. Despite never achieving top 10 rankings, it maintained a large following and was the longest running live-action sitcom in the US.
Good TV. Good Script. Good Plot. Good Commercials. Good Show. Good Production Values. Mediocre to fair acting.
Good people may or may not enjoy this good show.
I like the brief "Care Package" PSA at the end. On a random side-note, "Care Packages" are best known among classic TV fans due to their use in "You're in the Picture", cancelled after ONE episode. "Ozzie and Harriet" lated over 400 episodes and 14 years.
This episode is important...David's character would eventually become a full-fledged lawyer. The real-life David Nelson is still alive, though his last acting role was in 1990.